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Nick Kroll Offers Some Advice on Halloween Costumes and Unfriending People in Real Life

The Tonight Show just released a new installment of "Unqualified Advice" featuring Nick Kroll, and it's full of solid advice especially if you're concerned about unfriending someone, choosing a college major, writing a 3,000-word essay in two hours, or becoming a victim of the Freshman 15. Kroll also offers up a Halloween costume suggestion that's equally sexy on both guys and girls.

'30 Rock' Alums Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan Are Developing a Witch Comedy for NBC

Here's some perfectly timed news for Halloween: NBC just added a new comedy project all about witches. THR reports that the network has given a script commitment to an untitled single-cam series from former 30 Rock writers/co-executive producers Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan about a group of friends "who grow closer when one of them 'comes out' to the group — as a witch." Siegal and Morgan will also serve as co-executive producers on the project, which makes the second witch-themed show ordered by the NBC this week — the network also ordered a Bewitched reboot set two generations after the original ABC series on Wednesday.

DirecTV Orders a 'Downton Abbey' Parody Starring Peter Serafinowicz and Will Sasso

DirecTV has teamed up with CollegeHumor's production team Big Breakfast for a Downton Abbey parody called The Britishes. Deadline reports that the eight-sketch series will star Peter Serafinowicz and Will Sasso and feature supporting performers like CollegeHumor regulars Elaine Carroll and Josh Ruben. Here's a full description of the series:

The Britishes revolves around the absurd, class-obsessed, extremely British residents of an Edwardian-era English estate off the fictional "coast of Knob." With roots so deep in aristocracy that their surname is actually "British," the family has fought through the decades—against progress, against technology and, essentially, against all common sense—in an effort to preserve a regal way of life. [...]

A Rival Public Access Producer Almost Started a Brawl on 'The Chris Gethard Show'

Last night's Chris Gethard Show started out with an innocent concept: Bring 200 kazoos to the Manhattan Neighborhood Network studio and see what happens. Things took an unexpected turn when Gethard called out an MNN producer (he called himself only "Smith") who was brooding nearby during the taping, which ultimately turned into an ugly confrontation over why Smith, and allegedly other MNN members, can't stand TCGS: "You're using a public platform to further your own narcissism." It gets more and more awkward with each dig Smith makes at TCGS — which he calls "an ad for unemployment" and "the Party City show" — but the whole thing devolves into [...]

Wyatt Cenac Feels Weird About Competing with Superstars

Here's a clip from Wyatt Cenac's visit to Conan from last night, where he reveals which big comedy star booked an upcoming show in Madison, Wisconsin not only the same night as his show, but in a theater across the street from where Cenac is scheduled to perform. Thankfully he already has experience competing with big name celebrities, which he describes in cringeworthy detail. Watch more from his interview below:

NBA Star Chris Paul Is Developing an Autobiographical Comedy for ABC

ABC just added another project to the long list of autobiographical sitcoms currently in development across the major networks. Variety reports that NBA star Chris Paul has teamed up with former Office writer/executive producer Warren Lieberstein to develop a family comedy for ABC based on his childhood in North Carolina. The untitled show follows "two brothers who work at a service station owned by their grandfather, who champions old-school values in contrast to the attitude of their guarded, politically-correct mother." Paul and his brother C.J. will serve as co-executive producers alongside Lieberstein, Eric Tannanbaum, and Kim Tannanbaum.

This makes the second comedy in development based on an [...]

Elizabeth Banks Is Producing a Conspiracy Theory Comedy for ABC

Elizabeth Banks just added another behind-the-scenes gig. On top of producing a web series and directing the upcoming film Pitch Perfect 2, Deadline reports that Banks is now producing a series in development at ABC called The Greater Good. The single-cam comedy is described as a "comedic X-Files, a relationship/workplace comedy set in the world of conspiracy theories" and was written by Caroline Williams, who created the 2008 ABC sitcom Miss Guided and has also written for The Office, Modern Family, Arrested Development, and BoJack Horseman.

Watch "The Fantastic Mystery of Shaq's Penis" Starring an Animated Adam Sandler

During last night's show, Conan O'Brien debuted the above video "The Fantastic Mystery of Shaq's Penis," an animated take on a weird story about Shaq Adam Sandler told when he was a guest on the show last year: "He's funnier than any of us. Swear to God. There's all comedians in the movie — every time they do a scene, everybody walks away and goes 'Shaq is funnier than me?'"

Is the Future of Comedy the Comedy/Drama Hybrid?

In a recent Salon interview, Bob Odenkirk warns aspiring writers to “get out of comedy, because it’s about to collapse.” Sketch comedy, he says, is having its time in the sun now — what with YouTube, Comedy Central’s burgeoning lineup and the legions of theater sketch teams popping up all over — but the market is becoming saturated. What’s next then? He suggests that once the market tires of short sketches, it may turn to more long-form, dramatic material. “I do think that after sketch comes story,” he speculates.

And when you look at the TV landscape, that makes sense. (Plus, Odenkirk’s been ahead of the game for years. [...]

Mike Epps Talks About Playing Richard Pryor on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

News broke back in August that Mike Epps officially landed the role of Richard Pryor in the upcoming Lee Daniels-directed biopic, and during last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Epps looked back on landing the role and getting to spend a year with Pryor before he died. Watch more from his interview below:

TBS Orders Deserted Island Comedy Pilot 'Wrecked'

TBS just gave a pilot order to a new comedy series described as "Lost meets It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Titled Wrecked, the single-cam comedy comes from up-and-coming sibling writing team Justin Shipley and Jordan Shipley. Here's the full synopsis for the show:

Wrecked chronicles the aftermath of a plane crashing on a remote island. Two best friends, along with an extremely diverse group of survivors, must adjust to life in a dangerous new world that poses unique threats, which they mostly bring upon themselves. Danny and Owen, who weren’t quite killing it pre-crash, are given the chance to finally be the kind of men they’ve always wanted [...]

Looking Back at 'The Building,' Bonnie Hunt's First TV Creation

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

The very funny Bonnie Hunt has had a lot of TV shows. Her first starring role came in 1990 in the soap opera satire Grand. [...]

Writer/Doctor Simon Stephenson Is Developing a Medical Comedy for ABC

A day after announcing the development of three new comedy series, ABC has added yet another with THR's report that the network has given a put-pilot commitment to a medical comedy called Family Practice. Written by doctor/writer Simon Stephenson — who wrote an episode of the UK series Eleventh Hour as well as a memoir Let Not the Waves of the Sea — the comedy "centers on a dysfunctional family of doctors who run a family practice in small town America." Stephenson will executive produce alongside Dan Fogelman, who is also serving as an EP on an in-the-works ABC comedy series based on [...]

'The Late Late Show with James Corden' Premieres on CBS March 9th

Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show successor just got an official premiere date. THR reports that The Late Late Show with James Corden will premiere on the network on Monday, March 9th. The show will tape at the CBS Television City lot in Los Angeles, and the network has also signed on British writer/producer/director Ben Winston — who currently works as executive producer on the British X Factor — as Late Late Show showrunner. "We're excited to begin CBS's next chapter after midnight and introduce James' wide range of performance talents and fearless creative instincts to American television viewers," CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler said in a statement. "He [...]